Meaning and Origin of: Bonar

Boy name origins & meanings

  • French : Gentle

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish : variant of Bonner.
  • Irish (Donegal) : Scottish name adopted as a translation of Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe ‘descendant of Cnáimhseach’, a byname meaning ‘midwife’. This word seems to be a derivative ofcnámh ‘bone’ (with the feminine ending -seach), but if so the reason for this is not clear.
  • Polish : from German Bo(h)ner ‘bean grower’ (see Boner).